An offseason of drama and change is over for the Washington Football Team, with Week 1 kicking off this weekend. Washington hosts the Philadelphia Eagles, but Washington is still the heavy underdogs.
While the result of the game is not likely to be shocking, there could be other surprises in Week 1. With that in mind, here are three bold predictions for Washington against Philadelphia.
3. Washington Totals Less Than 225 Yards
This Washington offense was the second-worst in the NFL last season, averaging 274.7 yards per game. They did not make many additions to this unit, so there isn't much optimism that they will make any great leaps. The receiving corps looks largely untalented, outside of Terry McLaurin, and the offensive line has too many weaknesses to hold up against Philadelphia's front seven.
2. No Washington Rusher Over 40 Yards
Going along with the offensive line struggles and poor offense above, we may not even see a 40-yard rusher on this team. Washington cut Adrian Peterson last week, which gets rid of the most established rusher on this team. Now we have the inexperienced Anthony Gibson and Bryce Love to go along with Peyton Barber. On top of that, Philadelphia is solid against the run, giving up the third-fewest yards on the ground last season at 88.6.
1. Washington Sacks Carson Wentz Five Times
The Eagles offensive line is beat up. They have lost their starting left tackle and right guard already this offseason. Also, this Washington defense could be sneaky good, with the addition of coaches Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio. Last season, Washington averaged 2.9 sacks per game (T-No. 7 in NFL). This strong defensive front added Chase Young in the draft, so they could get very familiar with Carson Wentz.
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